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The NAS Toolkit

The NAS Toolkit is a collection of frameworks and models to help you navigate your way through leadership challenges and get “unstuck.” Developed by a variety of sources, these tools are used in NAS programs and by NAS Coaches in one-on-one client sessions. The tools can be used for your individual learning and can be applied in a team setting.

Download the entire NAS Toolkit here, or explore the individual frameworks and models below.

Ladder of Inference

Expose and explore human reasoning.

Ladder of Inference

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Know / Don't Know

Reveal both your known – and unknown – unknowns.

Know / Don't Know

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Iceberg Identity

Explore the complexities of our identity and how we might view others.

Iceberg Identity

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WOOP Framework

Hone in on goals, identify obstacles, and create a resilient plan.

WOOP Framework

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Fierce Conversatons

Improve effectiveness and clarity in communication – especially when it comes to difficult conversations.

Fierce Conversations

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Conductor's Intent

Empower initiative, improvisation, and adaptation by providing guidance of what a successful conclusion looks like.

Conductor's Intent

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Social Styles Survey

Better understand preferred styles of communicating, acting, thinking and making decisions.

Social Styles Survey

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Check Your Baggage

Take a closer look at what you think and know about a community.

Check Your Baggage

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Theory of Change

A process of thinking about how and why change will happen; essential for program planning.

Theory of Change

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Empathy Map

A collaborative visualization used to articulate what we know about a particular type of user.

Empathy Map

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Advocacy vs. Inquiry

Guide conversations towards common goals, strengths, alignments, mutual benefits and open communication.

Advocacy vs. Inquiry

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Situational Leadership Model

Analyze the supervisor/subordinate relationship through both a leadership and follower lens.

Situational Leadership Model

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NAS has recognized sources, where applicable, in the creation of this toolkit. Spot an incorrect acknowledgement? Let us know at team@artstrategies.org.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.